Speak Up!

For Educators

Do you ever find yourself hesitant to Speak Up in teacher meetings, the classroom, or in professional development? Do you ever find yourself worried about how you sound or whether or not what you have to say is important? Are you ready to enjoy simply Speaking Up and making a dramatic impact on your students, colleagues, and/or staff?

Speak Up! is designed to support educators in the following areas:

  • Clearer, more focused lessons that engage all learners
  • More effective classroom discussions
  • Greater ability to listen to student responses, assess accurately, and respond to student needs
  • More effective teacher teams, with an improved ability to listen and communicate in teams and staff development

Join internationally acclaimed seminar leader Ariel Kane and professional speech and voice coach Susan Finch in a light and fun series of classes that will set you up to communicate confidently, clearly and easily, regardless of the circumstances.

This course is appropriate for teachers, teacher-leaders, staff developers, coaches, and administrators. Ariel Kane is an educational leadership consultant with the New York City Department of Education (Vendor #ARI225637). Speak Up! is aligned to Danielson Framework for Teaching, and supports educators in all aspects of communication and effectiveness.

Sign up for Speak Up! and you will find YOUR voice and learn to express yourself with ease.

Speak Up!


Dates: Wednesdays – November 1, 8, 15, 2017
Time: 6:45pm – 9pm*
Fee: $275 (a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $100 reserves your space)

*Please arrive 15 minutes early. Course begins promptly at 6:45pm.

Please note: Attendance at all 3 sessions is required for participation in this course.


Location: Skyline Hotel
725 Tenth Ave. at 49th Street – Penthouse Ballroom, New York, NY

What Educators and Administrators Are Saying:

“This was an amazing course and I had the privilege to share it with some of my excellent colleagues. The difference in my listening and the quality of all the meetings I participate in is profound. The difference in my teachers’ ability to listen to their students has also made a huge difference in the quality of our instruction.”
– Julie N., High School Principal

“As a teacher, I have found this course invaluable! My improved clarity of speech, as well as the ease with which I communicate with both students and colleagues, is something for which I am truly grateful.”
– Gregory W., High School Teacher and Mathematics Department Chair

“After attending Speak Up, I stopped second-guessing myself, discovered confidence in my ability to present ideas, increased my ability to listen to others and now have a new-found ease in communicating. The class is fun, engaging and moving. I will attend again this year and I encourage you to do so as well.”
– Holly R., Senior Advisor to School Leaders in Special Education

“Speak Up has taught me practical strategies to express myself more confidently and concisely when interacting with students and staff in my school community. In addition, the workshop has shifted my perspective in what it really takes to listen in order to meet the needs of our students.”
– Yan W., High School Assistant Principal

Speak Up Ariel Kane

Ariel Kane is an award-winning author, radio show host and world renowned consultant and seminar leader. Her transformational approach allows people to discover satisfaction and increased productivity in all areas of their lives, without working on their “problems.” She is an expert guide who, with great skill and humor, brings people through the swamp of the mind into the clarity and brilliance of the moment. You can find out more about Ariel on her website: www.TransformationMadeEasy.com

Speak Up Susan Finch

Susan Finch has been teaching speech for over twenty 25 years using The Edith Skinner Method, as well as a transformational approach. She currently teaches at The Juilliard School and NYU’s Atlantic Theater Acting School. Susan also offers private classes in accent reduction as well as classes for actors. She teaches business professionals and corporate clients that include Fortune 500 companies. She has recently been hired by Audible to perform their audio books. You can find out more on her website: www.SusanEFinch.com

What Other Participants Are Saying:

My participation in the Speak Up! course brought my confidence to a new level. In fact, while taking the course, I aced a number of internal interviews where I work and will be starting my new job soon!
– Madhu B., Project Manager,
Major Investment Bank

The Speak Up! class has really helped me to step into and own the opportunities that have come across my path. As a result, I found myself talking in meetings and giving suggestions, there was clarity in my communication, my voice had more resonance and my manager has given me more responsibility.
– Wendy C., Vice-President,
Leading Financial Services Firm

Speak Up! greatly improved my ability to communicate clearly in meetings. Now I feel more confident to voice my comments and opinions without eating my words. It was a great experience and I could see the benefits right away!
– Adam M., Application Support Analyst,
Major Global Banking Institution

Attending Speak Up! was one the most effective and fun ways of elevating my communication skills ever! I discovered the confidence to deliver clear and direct communication and as a VP at one of world’s top finance institutions, it’s a skill that’s called upon every day.
– Susan D., Vice President,
Leading Global Finance Institution